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Ketchikan board opposes school insurance bill

Posted: October 24, 2013 - 1:36pm

KETCHIKAN — The Ketchikan School Board officially opposes lumping all school employees in Alaska into a statewide health insurance plan.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports the board adopted a resolution Wednesday against Senate Bill 90, a proposal that would require all school districts to join a statewide plan within five years of passage.

The bill currently is in committee, and could be considered when the Legislature convenes in January.

Ketchikan officials have said if the bill were to pass, they would have to contribute equally to certified and classified staff members, and it could increase their insurance costs by $1.4 million.

School board member Stephen Bradford said he didn't like the Legislature trying to impose its will statewide. Other opponents say the bill hurts the autonomy of school districts.

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